RABBI KULA EMBRACES MOTHER TERESA

Catalyst October Issue 2007

Rabbi Irwin Kula, a good friend of the Catholic League, is the President of CLAL—The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.  He is the author of the book Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life.

“Mother Teresa’s passionate expression of doubt in her recently released ‘dark letters’ is a reflection of the profundity of her faith and firmly places her in the tradition of the great spiritual figures shaped by the exquisite anguish of finite human beings genuinely yearning for the infinite.  Her honesty about her spiritual emptiness is uncomfortable because we tend to see genuine faith and love as free of doubt. But nothing could be further from the truth. A mature faith, a rich love, a genuine relationship with God or with another person, is born of the grit and insecurity of life. We yearn for that place with God or with another person that can banish anxiety, anguish, and insecurity.  But any faith that is certain is no faith at all just as any love never doubted is very shallow love.”


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